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Lynda Loveland: Frugal February

Posted February 2, 2011

Lynda Loveland

So there we were, Monica Laliberte and I, having a nice lunch. Mid-week even! As busy moms, we were almost feeling guilty stealing a few minutes to have a meal together and chat. You know, that great girl chat we absolutely NEED every so often.

After a while the conversation turned to shopping. Monica and I both enjoy the thrill of the hunt. We love a good deal or at least as close as we can get. But we got to talking about stuff we buy that we just don’t really need. Not high dollar stuff. It’s the little stuff that hooks you and adds up. For instance, the aisle endcaps at Target. DANGEROUS! Walking into the drugstore to get a prescription and leaving with lip gloss or hand lotion or a magazine or, or, or, or.

Well, we’ve decided to nip it in the bud.

Monica and I are living frugally for the month of February. That means we buy only what we NEED. NEED not WANT. It’s a fine line and it can be very fuzzy. This new found frugality applies to every one in the family, at least everyone affected by my cash-ola. I’m cutting back on groceries, kid stuff and grownup stuff. The family pets are not exempted.

Monica and I are keeping track of stuff we want to buy but didn’t and will compare our unfulfilled wish lists at the months’ end. It’s no accident we chose February, shortest month of course. We’re only human/female.

You up for a challenge???

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill and Lynda in the Morning. Find her here on Thursdays.


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  • kg4rmt Feb 3, 2011

    Welcome to the real world. I think many of us already make the need/want choice everyday.

  • bdcarpenter Feb 3, 2011

    In Moore County, we had a couple who did this for an entire year, it was written up in the paper for the New Year. They were newlyweds and noticed how much "stuff" they had accumulated in 2 years, from a few boxes to a 3 bedroom one garage full! So my family of 7 decided we were going to try it for a year, well my husband and I decided, the children had to come along for the journey. We buy only groceries, there are no new clothes, no impulse buys, no new electronics and no new toys. With 5 children ages 4 to 16 you can imagine how difficlut it might be, but we have survived month one. We aren't seeing a huge influx of money as we live paycheck to paycheck as most do, but I have found my addiction to impulse buying slowly waning and my credit card balances aren't going up. I have also found, if you don't go into the store, you won't spend money there. Here's to 11 more months! I hope everyone learns to control a little and enjoy what you have been given a lot!

  • katizs Feb 3, 2011

    Lynda - that is normal at our home - due to circumstances I have to do things that way - trying to get even better but I have a set amount I can spend on groceries and then plan accordingly - helps

  • mrschizzy Feb 3, 2011

    @howdiditgettothis - My husband and I have one more FPU class left. It is the best $100 we've ever spent! Live like no one else so you can LIVE like no one else! We've hit some bumps in the road, but we are committed. Committment and discipline is all it takes...but is so much easier to say than do! I think you will get a lot out of the class and find it well worth it!

  • Bklyn2Raleigh Feb 3, 2011

    I have been trying to do that myself. It is like beaking a drug addiction. WILLPOWER, WILLPOWER, WILLPOWER. I must say, it feels quite good to walk out of the store...empowered that I did not give in.

  • maydaymanny Feb 3, 2011

    I am due next month and will not even have enough money for diapers and formula so my worries are not about being frugal...I always have been.

  • pirategirl12 Feb 3, 2011

    I just completed a MONTH of eating out of my pantry/freezer, fridge...creative meal planning! It was difficult at times but very liberating!

  • j3434 Feb 3, 2011

    so, Lynda, when you told Faye about this, did she just laugh and say, Welcome to My World? :)

  • country4ever Feb 3, 2011

    LOL...happened to me yesterday. Went to drugstore to pick up prescription and ended up buying multiple hair products, eye cream, etc....on impulse. I need to STOP this!!

  • amoroxy Feb 3, 2011

    I am up for it and WILL do it! No more impulse buying. Thanks for bringing this up Lynda!